Canadian veterans fighting for their pensions experienced a setback in that campaign when the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled against them.
The court “threw out the five-year-old lawsuit alleging the (federal) government discriminated against disabled veterans when it changed the way those injured in the line of service are compensated,” writes Lee Berthiaume for CTV News, adding that “chief among the most controversial changes, implemented in 2006, was replacing lifelong disability pensions with a lump-sum payment, career training and targeted income support — a regime known as the New Veterans Charter.”
The six veterans in the lawsuit maintained that the new program, the charter, would end up providing veterans with 40 per cent less income over a lifetime than a traditional pension.
“From boot camp down the line, you’re told, ‘Don’t worry. If you’re injured on service, the government will have your back.’ We find out today there is no law saying this is the case,” retired major Mark Campbell is quoted saying.
During the last election campaign “the Liberals promised to reinstate lifelong pensions,” reports CTV.
More: Veterans fear the government plans to keep lump-sum payment approach.

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